President Obama, in his “major” speech on Middle East policy said that “Americans” believe Israel’s borders should return to the way they were before the 1967 war, a war that Israel did not start; a war in which Palestinian guerillas took part in the attack. I don’t know which Americans or how many Americans agree with Obama. This American doesn’t. I don’t believe the majority of Americans do either. But when the President speaks in this way, he is supposed to represent all Americans, not just his policy wonks and extremist supporters.
Mitt Romney said that Obama threw Israel under the bus with his policy speech. I say Obama stabbed Israel in the back. Very troublesome indeed is the idea of including Hamas in any “negotiations”. Hamas has formally declared it’s desire to see Israel destroyed. How can such an extreme position be given the respect of being included in “peace” talks? They have no such right. And as to the whole notion of a “Peace Process”, we have been watching it for several decades now, with no good results. It’s like a never-ending Broadway play. Specific cast members change from time to time, but it’s the same old song and dance.
When the United Nations created modern day Israel in 1948, they did so because the Jewish people had earned the right to have their own homeland, where they could live in safety from the threat of genocide they had suffered in Europe. The U.N. tried to establish a Palestinian homeland in what is now Jordan, but the Arab Muslims rejected their Palestinian brothers. They insisted the Palestinians be given part of the land of Israel. An interesting side note, many Muslims in the Middle East were allies with the Nazis during WWII, brought together by their hatred of Jews. And this same fight continues today.
I am a Zionist and proud of it. My reasons are more spiritual than political. As a Bible believing Christian, I believe that God has given the land of Israel to the Jews. There have been times of God’s judgement upon Israel (for its idolatry) when he allowed other nations to conquer their land, but God also promised he would eventually bring them back to their land. God’s promise began with Abram (Abraham) but was specifically passed down to Israel. Islam’s claim on Israeli land is fraudulent. It is Islam’s military conquests that enabled them to possess Jewish lands, Jewish burial plots and Jewish holy sites, converting them to Muslim holy sites. It is Islam that needs to return land to Israel, not the other way around.
Genesis 12:2,3 records God’s promise and blessing to Abram, whom he renamed Abraham in Genesis 17:5: “I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all families of the earth will be blessed.”
God reiterated this promise and blessing several times to Abraham. God then passed it on in Genesis 26:24 to Isaac (not Ishmael, as Muslims claimed some 2,500 years after the fact). Genesis 28:13-15 and 35:11-12 clearly show that God passed his promise and blessing to Jacob, whom he renamed Israel. Confirming that his promise and blessing was for the Jews (not to so-called “Abrahamic” religions) God reaffirmed it to Moses in Exodus 3:6-10 and 6:2-8.
Developing the last part of this promise and blessing (“…by you all families of the earth will be blessed.”) we read in Isaiah 42:6 and 7: “I, ADONAI, called you righteously, I took hold of you by the hand, I shaped you and made you a covenant for the people, to be a light for the gentiles, so that you can open blind eyes, free the prisoners from confinement, those living in darkness from the dungeon.”
Isaiah 49:6b reads: “I will also make you a light to the nations, so my salvation can spread to the ends of the earth.” And this theme is repeated in Isaiah 61:1 and 2: “The Spirit of ADONAI ELOHIM is upon me, because ADONAI has anointed me to announce good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted; to proclaim freedom to the captives, to let out into light those bound in the dark; to proclaim the year of the favor of ADONAI.”
This was the Scripture that Jesus read in the synagogue, and when he had finished said, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:21) The clear meaning of this is that the whole world is blessed by the Jews through their own Messiah (Jesus) because he offers salvation to everyone, based on faith in him. For this reason alone I want to honor Israel, whose promise and blessing of God reached down to me.
There is no greater way to dishonor Israel than to allow their nation to be decimated by Jew-hating terrorists. Hamas has no honor. All they stand for is the destruction of Israel. They say so themselves in their own documents. They should have no legal standing in negotiations with Israel. All of the nations that surround Israel are overwhelmingly Islamic. They all seek the total annihilation of Israel. Most vehement are the Palestinians who are supported by Iran, whose President, (Ahmadinejad) has sworn to wipe Israel off the map.
Israel defeated all its enemies in 1967 but Iran’s looming nuclear weapons makes it unclear how they would fare in a new war. With powerful nations like Iran sending ships to challenge the Gaza Strip blockade, Israel needs all the help it can get to protect itself. In the past, America was Israel’s stalwart champion, many times their only ally in the United Nations.
The Islamic world is rising. We see unrest throughout North Africa and the Middle East. They are looking for a straw man and they have found one in Israel — the only western democracy in the area and the only non-Muslim nation in the area. Israel is in their cross hairs, but God has his own plans. Since the U.S. has a history (until recently) of acknowledging our reliance on the God of the Bible (“In God We Trust”, “One nation under God”, etc.) it would be wise for President Obama to reverse his stand and support Israel in its fight for its life against Islamic Jew-haters.
But if he stays the course on this anti-Israel policy, remember that the Bible is full of stories about people who suffered God’s judgement because of something their leader did. There’s no reason to think We The People are immune to God’s judgement.
BELIEVE. PRAY. ACT.